After 3 months in a hotel with a mobile baby and 2 cats, we finally have a move in date! In 4 short days, we will be moving into our new place and reuniting with all of our belongings. Esme will finally get to sleep in her crib, and we will finally get to sleep on our beloved mattress. I am so excited. The house hunting in Naples was more stressful and required much more time than we anticipated. We chose a home in the area of downtown Naples that we wanted to live, although it’s not as full of character as many others that we saw. It was tough to balance pros and cons.
We were shown 3 story mansions, penthouse lofts with ocean views and rooftop terraces, historic apartments with two story bedrooms, and so much more. We ended up with one that was quite boring in comparison, and I’m honestly struggling with how to make it feel like a beautiful, organized home. However, what it lacked in beauty, it made up for in convenience. This home includes 2 parking spots, including one INSIDE the building, an elevator (amazing how many places required me to climb several stories with a baby and stroller), and is a couple blocks from several gyms, grocery stores, and shops. Here’s a little tour of it empty:
Do you see the shelf above the door? The entire apartment is midcentury architecture and has ledges below the ceiling. I plan on putting books on the entry ledge to cover the wires. I’m also considering painting the back of the doors, which are about 5 inches of thick metal.
This is the end of the entry hallway that leads to the open dining/ family room. The wood paneling is original to the apartment and matches the doors and baseboards throughout. I can picture this home super hip with the right Midcentury furniture; however, my furniture and design preference leans more traditional so it will be a challenge to meld my furnishings with the rest of the home.
This is the living room/ dining room area. It will also be the play space for Esme. Do you see the ledge that goes around the room right under the ceiling level? It drives me NUTS. The ceilings are SO HIGH, but the ledge makes the ceilings feel much lower in person. It also forces the curtains to be hung directly over the windows, which in turn makes the windows feel much smaller. The left window is a door out to a balcony that expands the entire length of the apartment. I’m excited to plant some flowers out there!
There are TWO full bathrooms in the apartment, which I’m extremely excited about! We even have a bathtub!!! I’ve noticed a trend in America of people removing their bathtubs in favor of showers, and that trend has hit Italy as well. I’ll never understand it, but finding a home with a large bathtub was difficult! The guest bath (left) is fully tiled in lilac tiles, which I have mentioned here, and the master bathroom floor to ceiling pale blue. Neither would have been my choice, but I’m excited for find some solutions to make them feel more “me.”
Technically, it’s a four bedroom apartment with this being one “bedroom.” The bright room to the back end of it is the laundry room. We might keep the wardrobes in here and use it for storage, or we are considering turning it into a play space and overflow area for guests. The other bedrooms are also small so I can’t decide which one I want to use as Esme’s nursery.
Both of these rooms use space really oddly. Why did they build walls in front of windows? Honestly, I saw this same issue is several homes we toured, and it never fails to perplex me. The middle picture shows the slightly large bedroom that also has access to the attic for storage. Additionally, it has a door to a small tiled “closet” (3rd picture) on the right (you can see the door to it in the middle picture if you squint). This is the only room in the home with a closet. Traditionally, Italian homes don’t have closets so this home comes with 6 armoires (none of which are my style so I’ll need to be creative with them too).
The master bedroom is tough to photograph since it’s quite small too, but it has a doorway out to the balcony. The armoires are in the entry of the room, and I’m not sure how I’m going to make them work with my decor. I absolutely LOVE wood (real wood), but I despise laminate made to look like wood. Despise is a strong word, yet it’s so accurate. I would have preferred just plain white laminate to the faux wood, but “you get what you get.”
*I didn’t share the kitchen since the landlord is installing a new kitchen about a month after we move in. It will be a bit of a surprise for me since I was originally told it would be a white kitchen, but it appears to be faux wood from more recent pictures shared by the landlord. Either way, after living in a hotel I’m just thrilled to have a kitchen to prepare proper meals for my family.
I’d love any insight or ideas you can share to help me make this place feel like home to us! I’m still torn on our decision to choose location over beauty, although I’m sure once we move in I will appreciate it much more. It’s just so tough to find everything you want in a market with few rentals. I’m so looking forward to moving day though!